Boeing’s Renton plant may close from 2033: Analysis

Subscription Required Introduction Aug. 10, 2020, © Leeham News: With Boeing likely to consolidate 787 production in Charleston (SC), reflecting a rate of 6/mo, the future of assembly in Puget Sound rears its head again. LNA outlined Aug…. Read More

HOTR: Boeing warns of forward losses on 787, 777X programs

By the Leeham News Staff Aug. 5, 2020, © Leeham News: In another demonstration of the negative impact of the COVID-19 crisis, Boeing warned that two flagship airplane programs could face forward losses. Neither the 787 nor the… Read More

Automation reduces foreign advantages over US

Subscription Required Introduction Nov. 19, 2018, © Leeham News: The move toward increasing automation makes US more competitive than moving work to other countries, an expert in industrial efficiencies said last week at a meeting sponsored by the… Read More

Long, bitter history precedes union vote at Boeing Charleston today

Feb. 15, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Boeing’s touch-labor workers at its 787 assembly plant in North Charleston (SC) will vote today on whether to become represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM). It’s a vote with huge… Read More

Charleston plant continues to give Boeing headaches for 787

Boeing is adding hundreds of workers to its Charleston (SC) 787 plant top deal with continued quality problems, reports The Wall Street Journal. The details in the article are at odds with statements from Boeing throughout the last… Read More

The deeper, longer term implications of IAM’s Boeing contract vote January 3

There are deeper, longer term implications for the January 3 vote by IAM 751 members on the revised contract proposal from Boeing than have been discussed in the public domain. Contract extension to 2024 brings “labor peace,” but… Read More

Does 777X assembly site matter to airlines? Yes, up to a point; and a retrospective to 2009

As Boeing awaits responses to its Requests for Proposals from 15 sites around the US and possibly Japan, Washington State officials, company employees and other stakeholders fret that Boeing will choose someplace other than Everett (WA). Everett has… Read More

New 777X facilities to be 1.5m sf, one third the size of Boeing’s Everett plant: IAM

With the release by IAM 751 of the summary of the contract terms to be voted on next week by the membership as one step required for Boeing to select Everett as the assembly site for the 777X,… Read More

Implications of IAM-Boeing talks on 777X (Updated 11am PST Nov. 5)

Update, Nov. 5, 11am PST: The Seattle Times has this update of the secret talks (well, not secret any more) between the IAM and Boeing over the site location for the 777X. Boeing wants health care and pension… Read More

Odds and Ends: Air France may cut A380 orders; Boeing Everett history; BBD, EMB miss targets

Air France May Drop A380s: Bloomberg reports that Air France may cut back its orders for the Airbus A380s. This continues the challenge of Very Large Aircraft sector sales. Boeing has cut production rates twice for its 747-8…. Read More